IT Team

Austen Puleston

Head of IT

Austen has been the Head of IT for BDMAT since May 2020. For the previous 7 years, he ran an IT company providing support and consultancy for schools and multi-academy trusts in the West Midlands. Before his time in IT, Austen was a climbing instructor and when not at work can often be found in the more mountainous regions of the UK.

Jonny Waterworth

Senior IT Services Engineer

Jonny joined BDMAT as an IT Technician in July 2021, having worked in IT for over five years, four of which were spent supporting primary schools across Birmingham under the WHMAT. He also has IT experience within the logistics industry. Prior to working in IT, Jonny undertook seasonal work in Söll, Austria as a snowboard instructor and assisted in the setting up and management of an après ski bar.

Cern Diston

Senior IT Operations Engineer

Cern joined BDMAT as an IT Technician in November 2022. Before starting at BDMAT he worked for Romero MAC as a level 3 into level 4 network apprentice. After completing his apprenticeship, he worked as an IT Technician before being promoted to become Senior IT Technician, where he supported the schools with working effectively in the cloud. Outside of work Cern spends much of his time writing stories, socializing with friends and is into gaming.

Justin Leslie

IT Technician

Justin joined BDMAT as an IT Technician in February 2022.

Before joining BDMAT he worked for Kennet Equipment Leasing as an IT Administrator for 2 years, where he supported the sales teams with their IT enquires. He then moved to Trident Housing as IT Support Assistant/Engineer where he supported the housing staff & charity staff with their IT issues.  Outside of work, he spends time catching up on the latest released technologies & is into Gaming.

David Benbow

IT Technician

David joined BDMAT as a part-time IT assistant in August 2020 and since February 2021, is now a full time member of the BDMAT IT team. Before joining BDMAT he attended Hull University where he combined his twin passions for music and IT, graduating with a degree in music technology. David is now enjoying the challenge of learning on the job and problem solving, and is keen for the chance to improve his IT knowledge and skills during his training. Outside of work, he spends much of his time writing and performing music; he also enjoys running, playing badminton and walking.

Raheem Webber

IT Apprentice

Raheem joined BDMAT in October 2023 and is an IT Technician Apprentice for the BDMAT schools. He is enjoying working with and learning about all aspects of IT from the rest of the team. When not at work you will find him playing sports or gaming.

Kailesh Gadaria

IT Apprentice

Kailesh joined BDMAT in December 2023 as part of a Level 3 Apprenticeship for an IT Technician. He is enjoying learning and undertaking a variety of IT tasks. Before joining BDMAT he was involved in a range of different job roles from retail to administration as well as support work with young adults and children. In his spare time, he likes to go to the gym as well as listening to music and playing the piano.